- Why Choose Morocco for a Private Tour?
- Places to Start Your Morocco Private Tour
- What Private Tour of Morocco Is for You?
- Want to Create Your Own Private Tour of Morocco?
Why Choose Morocco for a Private Tour?
From vast desert plans to arid mount ranges and even snow-capped mountains, the only thing more diverse than Morocco’s landscapes is its culture and people.
Marking the beginning of the Silk Road, Morocco has always been a crossroads for travellers. From the city medinas to the caravans in the middle of the desert plains, the old-time feel of roads well-travelled can still be felt.
With a charming and slightly dusty atmosphere no matter when you go, sandstone narrow alleys will always open up to stunning architectural pieces that Morocco is famous for. From the Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakesh to the Royal Palace of Fes and the Bab Mansour in Meknes; the best private tours in Morocco include a stop off in at least one of the cities to witness the intricate architecture this country is home to.
In between sightseeing, while in Morocco you have to sample the food. Up there with one of the most famous cuisines in the world, Moroccan food enjoys a balance of African, Mediterranean and Arab dishes with a twist that only a private guide in Morocco can help you discover. The flavours you will experience here owe their thanks to the country’s geographic positioning; not forgetting the years of colonisation.
If you didn’t come for the food, you definitely came for the desert. Sitting on the border of Algeria and Western Sahara, there are numerous Marrakesh private desert tours that will take you from the city to the endless sands for a mystical night under stars, entering on the back of a camel, of course.
Whether you are a sightseeing list-maker, an adventure-seeker or a slow traveller looking to immerse yourself in the local culture, Morocco has a private tour for you. Read on to unpack Morocco’s private tours.
Places to Start Your Morocco Private Tour
Marrakesh Private Tours
Get lost in medinas, immerse yourself in the chaos of this vibrant city that just doesn’t seem to sleep. Marrakesh is like the fireball of Morocco. From the giant architectural wonders to the hectic city streets, Marrakesh warrants a day or two – there’s so much to do so it is often the beginning of private tours in Marrakesh.
A private city tour in Marrakesh will take you to essential sightseeing spots. While there are many benefits of choosing a private tour guide in Morocco, top of the list for us is having the chance to get away from the cookie-cutter tours that tell you the basics.
A private guide in Marrakesh adds a more personal touch with the chance visit to their favourite restaurants off the tourist trail, and some scenic spots that others will never find without the help of a local.
Private Casablanca Tours
Showcasing the iconic marriage of Mediterranean and Arabic influences that Morocco is known for, while Casablanca lacks the buzz of Marrakesh and Fes, it does not lack in spirit.
The bustling port of Casablanca marks the trading capital of Morocco where French and Moorish architecture stand side by side attesting to its longstanding history of welcoming in new ways of life. The Corniche transforms your Moroccan experience from the warm colours of the medina to a more up-market appearance within international hotel names to boot. Starting a luxury private tour off in Casablanca will give you a grand entrance to the country, easing you into the Moroccan way of life with modern comforts.
Fes is like a giant puzzle with a few pieces missing; no matter how you try to navigate the city, you’ll get lost. As the oldest of the imperial cities, trying to navigate the 9,000 alleys of Fes is one of the greatest charms. You’ll fall in love with the ornate tilework and vibrant colours on every corner. To truly fall in love with Fes a private guide is essential to explore this densely packed city.
From the giant maze of the Medina to the tombs, tanneries and madrasa, as the former capital, there is a lot of squeeze into a private day tour in Fes; however, most of this can be done on foot.
Tangier with a Private Guide
The gateway to Spain, Tangier is known to be the most westernised city of Morocco with thanks to its northern position and its Spanish, British and French colonial past.
An expat haven that has seen its darker moments, as well as its more artistic, a Tangier private tour is unlike any other in Morocco as you see the European, particularly Spanish and French twist to the city unravel.
In more modern times, Tangier has reinvented itself and stepped into a more polished and vibrant version of its cultural life. Here, you’ll find interesting colonial-era neighbourhoods, boutique hotels popping up and thriving cafe culture that is a tribute to Tangier’s European undertone.
What Private Tour of Morocco Is for You?
Hiking in the Atlas Mountains
Spanning across Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, the Atlas mountains cover a great portion of northwestern Africa. Hiking in the Atlas mountains is one of the best Morocco private tours you can do as it takes you far from the tourist trails as you walk through Alpine terrain and desolate landscapes with the chance to learn about the people who live in it.
Tours like this 6-day Atlas trekking tour will take you through lush green landscapes that are never associated with Morocco to meet the Berber people who have been living in the Atlas mountains for millennia. You’ll learn all about their culture as you stay in local homes, and consume more tea than you ever have in your life – an essential part of Berber hospitality. This experience is the ultimate tour by a local in Morocco and one that you will never forget.
Cultures in Morocco
No matter where you go on a private tour in Morocco, a culturally immersive experience awaits. Morocco has shied away from modernisation, holding traditions close to the heart while still aiming to be progressive as a country. Here, modernism is done the Moroccan way.
Experiences such as a Marrakesh guided city tour are the perfect yet abrupt introduction to life in Morocco; however, you will adapt fast. In Marrakesh, life buzzes around you loudly. Markets are bursting with people and products, and it all seems a bit hectic. However, as you ease into the chaos, deeply rooted culture unfolds, as does the country’s history.
If you want to tap further into Moroccan culture, the first lesson is in the country’s diversity. Going on a Tangier tour will quickly show you a more westernised idea of Moroccan culture where the Portuguese, Spanish and French have had a significant impact on the city and how Tangierans go about their day-to-day life.
Conversely, a tour in the Atlas mountains will introduce you to nomadic people who originated in the North and West of Africa; the Berber and Gnawa people, some of whom still live on the road.
Hammam Spa Experience
Among the city hustle of Marrakesh and Fes, an essential part of a luxury Morocco tour is adding a little health and wellness with a spa, Moroccan style.
A Hammam is a traditional Moroccan bath that originated from Roman bathing rituals and made its way here with the Arab conquest. It’s said that nothing will make you cleaner than a Hammam, and as you go from steam room to steam room, you’ll soon see why.
Your private hammam experience will start with three steam rooms; starting with the hottest, it will gradually get cooler. Pores open, you are scrubbed with black soap, then exfoliated before the deal is sealed with some cooling water and a moisturising Argan oil massage – heavenly!
Following the Moroccan pace of life, it’s essential that you take your time with your Hammam experience, making sure you soak in all of the goodness. While it is possible to go to a public Hammam, private tour guides in Marrakesh will take you to the hotel spas where additional treatments like hot stone baths will be available.
Morocco’s Private Desert Tours
Sitting on the border of Western Sahara, you could argue that no private tour of Morocco is complete without visiting the desert.
The best way to experience the Sahara is by going from Marrakesh to Merzouga on a private tour and staying overnight in one of the many glamping sites in the sand.
You can spend a few days travelling to the Merzouga Desert with essential stops like Ouarzazate on the way, where you can see impressive kasbahs. When you get to Merzouga, your private desert tour starts with a camel ride across the dunes as the sun sets before dining by starlight in the desert – how romantic!
If you don’t have time to make it to Merzouga, quick and easy day trips like this Marrakesh private desert tour will take you to Zagora, which is slightly closer to this city.
Morocco Private Travel in the City
No city in Morocco is the same, from Tangier to Fes and Casablanca, each has its own charm whether that manifests itself as a giant maze or in painting everything blue. Your time in Morocco’s cities will never fail to bring something different to the table.
The most famous of Morocco’s cities are the formal capitals that are grouped together as ‘the imperial cities’; Marrakesh, Meknes, Fes and Rabat. You can see all of them, as well as famous cities like Chefchaoen in one trip like in this 7-day Morocco imperial cities tour.
A private tour of Morocco’s cities delves into the history, culture and architectural majesty of the country that presents itself on every turn of every medina. Walk in the footsteps of Sultans, visit one of the oldest universities in the world, and learn about the history trading as you get lost in the souks of each city. If you like to tick boxes while travelling, this is one of the best Morocco private tours for you.
Food Tours of Morocco
Add a little luxury to your tour of Morocco and tap into one of the most famous cuisines in the world!
Coming to Morocco without trying the food is like going to Egypt without seeing the pyramids. Whether you indulge in a cooking class, visit the market or just want to sample a well-made Moroccan tagine, one thing is abundantly clear; food is at the heart of Moroccan culture.
Much like the country, Moroccan food is a blend of its roots in Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Hearty and healthy ingredients are at the forefront of the cuisine, along with the essential slashings of olive oil and a mouthwatering array of spices.
All Morroco private tour packages will introduce you to the delicious cuisine that is waiting for you in Morocco; however, tours like this 6-day Moroccan food tour puts it at the heart of the activities. This trip has private cooking tours and market visits that will show you a side of Morocco that not many people see and food is the main focus.
For foodies looking for a Morocco tour in luxury, this 7-day romantic getaway to Agafay Desert and Marrakesh offers hammam experiences, high-end restaurants and intimate eating experiences to bring you a romantic trip that is uniquely Moroccan.
Want to Create Your Own Private Tour of Morocco?
There’s no place quite like Morocco. The desert camps, the arid landscape treks, Hammams, tagines and coffee; dense maze-like Medinas, luxury hotels and spellbinding architectural masterpieces; they all come together to make tours made by locals in Morocco that you will never forget.
If we don’t have what you are looking for, our Local Designers can create a private tour of Morocco just for you by taking your travel style, budget and what private tour matches your travel needs to design your Morocco trip. Designer Journeys takes the stress out of organising once-in-a-lifetime trips – getting chatting to a Local Designer today!